Accident at Snowdrift River, NT


1999-07-23: Winnipeg FSS received a phone call from the wife of a crew member aboard C-FZVR, a DHC-2 Beaver which apparently had experienced a problem during takeoff in a remote area east of Slave Lake. It was reported that the a/c had run aground during takeoff and suffered some damage. The crew member had called his wife with a satellite phone and she then notified FSS. There were 5 people on the a/c and there are minor injuries to some of the occupants. They have been airlifted from the site by another a/c and are enroute to Yellowknife. The extent of damage to the a/c is not known at this time. TSB has been informed about the occurrence and will receive more details once the crew arrives in Yellowknife. OPI - System Safety UPDATE TSB reported that the a/c had landed at a lake in the vicinity of Snowdrift River to transport passengers back to the operator's base camp at Whitefish Lake. The passengers had been on an "eco" wildlife photography trek originating from another nearby, larger lake. On departure, the a/c became airborne and attained an altitude of about 15 feet, then settled back to the ground past the east end of the lake. The a/c struck some rocks and came to rest upright on the tundra. The pilot, guide and 3 passengers suffered minor injuries. The a/c sustained substantial damage to the floats, belly, engine, propeller, entire lower fuselage and the horizontal tail. The occupants were airlifted to Yellowknife for medical attention. The pilot reported that the lake was probably too short to allow the a/c to accelerate to sufficient speed to climb out of ground effect.


CADORS Number 1999C0600
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 1999-07-21 - 05:45
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
Injuries 5
Aerodrome ID
Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Northwest Territories, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Snowdrift River, NT
TSB Occurrence Number
TSB Class of Investigation
AOR Number
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Loss of control - inflight,Controlled flight into or toward terrain

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration FZVR | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Operator Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of DEHAVILLAND
Model DHC 2 MKI
Year Built 1954
Engine Type Reciprocating
Engine Make P & W R985 SERIES
Engine Model
Gear Type Amphibian
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Takeoff
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 5
Events Loss of control - inflight,Collision with terrain

Leave a Comment